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Short Course on Human-Machine Communications in the Digital Age

by MELANIE MÖLLER (Executive Producer and Director, Sophrosyne Productions and Digital Media LTD; Lecturer, De Montfort University, UK)


Computer vision in participatory work has become increasingly important. The short training course will, therefore, look at technology and software tools, which facilitate motion tracking in 3D space. Students will gain an understanding of how Microsoft Kinect skeleton tracking works and will get an overview of latest technologies in the field. This will investigate notions of artificial intelligence and human machine-communications in the digital age, which have brought along significant changes to information exchange and interaction.

The course will specifically look at interactive works for single and multi-user environments. As part of the practical part, I will present Visual Space, one of my own projects, which explores video interactivity and motion-controlled video mixing. The system is a cutting-edge example for the use of Kinect sensor technology in responsive works as it enables participants to trigger video clips, visual effects and sound. This lecture will also outline the development process of the project and will explain how different software and hardware tools were used to detect motion and to translate tracking data into visual output in real-time.

Students will also gain an inside into open-source programming and open development environments. This module will look at unlimited opportunities offered by companies such as Google and Apple through the release of Software Development Kits and students will critically discuss the idea of giving absolute freedom to developers. The course will further look at motion tracking and voice recognition technologies used for communication devices such as smartphones and tablets.

At the end of the course, students will be able to work on and present their own projects. This will offer the students opportunity to create a simple application, to do further research into existing technologies and products that use computer vision systems or to conduct a critical analysis of human machine communication.

  • Target Audience
    Any NUST student/alumni interested in the course may attend.

  • Venue
    SEECS Seminar Hall

  • Course Date and Time
    Monday 26th August 2013
    11.30am-1pm and 2pm-3.30pm

  • Course Fee
    Free to attend

Documentation of Visual Space can be found at:

About the Speaker: MELANIE MÖLLER

Melanie Möller is the executive producer and director of UK-based company Sophrosyne Productions and Digital Media LTD. Sophrosyne focuses on video production, app development and interactive media design. As a lecturer and public speaker, Ms Möller also teaches workshops in new media, cinematography and multimedia design around the UK and Germany. She currently, lectures part-time at De Montfort University, Leicester from where she obtained an MSc in Creative Technologies (First Class Honours) in 2012. Furthermore, she has a strong interest in participatory, motion-based installations, live-video mixing and projection mapping for public spaces. Her interactive work has been exhibited by leading digital media centres and art galleries, such as Phoenix Square Leicester, a creative hub funded by Arts Council England. In April 2013, she presented her most recent research project ‘Visual Space’ at University of Reading, United Kingdom.

Her research interests are social networks, computer vision, mobile technologies, e-commerce and video production for online marketing and product pitches.